The main accused in Congress leader Santosh Dube murder case was shot dead by a local gangster in a broad day light on Tuesday, the police said.
The deceased has been identified as Jitu, while his friend Pankaj Yadav sustained injuries. The incident was a fall out of a long drawn out war between two local gangs, the police said.
Jitu was wanted in connection with the murder of local Congress leader Santosh Dube, who was killed in June 2009.
As per a CCTV footage, one of the assailants has been identified as Firoz, a resident of Chandan Nagar. However, the police are yet to identify his associate. Firoz was wanted in connection with another murder case of 2010, the police said.
Pankaj told the police that they had gone to a Hanuman Mandir branch of the IDBI to open an account. The bank officials asked for some documents. But, as soon as Jitu came out and entered his car, two miscreants on foot shot him from a close range. Two bullets pierced through his head and one hit Pankaj, who was on the driving seat.
City superintendent of police (Annapurna) A H Ghuraiya said, "Police have booked four persons as per the complaint lodged by Pankaj. All the four accused Firoz, Shaqir Chacha, Imran and Guddu Dubey are absconding. The police are conducting raids to nab them."
Sources said that the incident had links with an ongoing gang war between Jitu Yadav and Saquib Chacha gangs active in Chhatripura and Chandan Nagar areas of the city.